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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★½

    Completely useless, infuriating, and nonsensical.

    Such a shame, because Shane Black has made some great films, but this did not work at all. A wasted cast, and a disappointment on all fronts.

    I feel bad for all the people that worked hard on this, but there's just nothing to salvage here. I don't know how Black dropped the ball so terribly.

    I was hoping for dumb fun. But this was just dumb.

  • Amélie

    Amélie

    ★★★★

    This film earns mega extra points for its vibrant visual pallette and insanely creative edits and visual effects.

    The sheer joyous energy of the filmmaking leaps off the screen, and the story can be quite engrossing at times.

    However, the quirky style never really did enough for me to overlook some of the shallowness of the characters. I found myself not quite caring about the main love story. I was more invested in the unique directorial choices than the plot…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Wow.

    Caught this masterpiece in IMAX. Not full IMAX, but still impactful as hell. My only complaint was the sound mix was slightly out of sync and too loud.

    Other than that, it was a transcendent viewing experience from start to finish (even with an intermission!).

    Kubrick's work here is decades ahead of its time, and still leaves you just as perplexed as it must have left audiences in 1968.

    I love the slow, meticulous pacing. Kubrick is so deliberate…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★½

    With the original being my favorite film from Pixar, I allowed myself to have semi-high expectations for this. Brad Bird returning as writer and director, after a brief stint in the realm of live action, was a hopeful sign, and the story picking up immediately after the events of the first was a strange but alluring choice.

    Overall, I adored this film, despite a good number of nits to pick. There are two tiny moments that bothered me, one in…